Wednesday, December 28, 2016

News and Pop Culture Round-Up

Nathan Wyburn, is a Welsh Fine Art graduate who specializes in creating iconic celebrity portraits and ‘Pop culture’ imagery with non-traditional mediums such as food or everyday items (newspaper, soil, candles, toothpaste). This is Nathan's tribute to legendary singer, George Michael. Nathan says he made this art piece using melted/whole WHAM BARS. How fitting!

Carrie Fisher Is Dead at 60
I must be the most heartbroken person in the world who never saw "Star Wars." So grateful I saw her "Wishful Drinking" one-woman show in 2009. There will never be another woman like Carrie Fisher. Maybe we should think of ourselves as being lucky we had her as long as we did -- she nearly died in 1985 -- but that doesn't really help much right now.

Debbie Reynolds, Dead at 84
Debbie Reynolds -- who rose to stardom in "Singin' in the Rain" and quickly became a staple among Hollywood royalty -- died Wednesday as a result of a stroke, TMZ has learned ... just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away ... this according to her son Todd. Debbie was rushed to a hospital shortly after 1 PM when someone at the Beverly Hills home of her son, Todd, called 911 to report a possible stroke. We're told Debbie and Todd were making funeral plans for Carrie, who died Tuesday of cardiac arrest. Debbie famously divorced Eddie Fisher in 1959 after his affair with Elizabeth Taylor. Debbie married 2 more times in 1960 and 1984. She played iconic roles in "Tammy and the Bachelor" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" ... for which she earned an Oscar nomination. Carrie's relationship with Debbie was the focus of Carrie's semi-autobiographical book, "Postcards from the Edge," which was later adapted for the big screen, starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. Debbie's survived by her son Todd, who tells us, "She's with Carrie." She was 84.

Gay Air Force Captain Set for Honorable Discharge Nearly Four Months After He Was Acquitted of Sexual Assault Charges
Gay Air Force Lt. Joshua Seefried received a promotion last week to the rank of captain nearly four months after he was acquitted of charges stemming from a 2012 incident in which a fellow gay service member accused him of sexual assault. The promotion, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014, when Seefried would have been eligible for the promotion had he not had charges pending against him, clears the way for his honorable discharge from the Air Force scheduled for Jan. 3, according to sources familiar with his case. The Aug. 25 acquittal followed a four-day court martial proceeding at Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs, Md., which began more than two years after military prosecutors charged Seefried with wrongful and abusive sexual contact and forcible sodomy. The charges were based on allegations by a gay U.S. Marine.

Openly Gay TV Weatherman Sam Champion Leaving The Weather Channel
Sam Champion will say so-long to The Weather Channel, ending his three-year run with the network. Champion’s departure is no surprise; his contract with the Atlanta-based network was expiring and he was not expected to re-up.

LGBTI Advocate and Reality star Jordan Bruno Abused, Attacked in Perth
My Kitchen Rules alum and local LGBTI advocate Jordan Bruno has recounted a violent attack on himself while driving through Perth last night, posting about the experience on Facebook. “Last night I was driving home when I got cut off by another car on Ocean Reef road. Four drugged white men ran from the vehicle in front of me with bats and bottles, and started to smash my car, and myself (I think they thought I was someone else). They smashed in my passenger window, my door and started to punch my face several times (causing the back of my chair to break from force). They called me a faggot (not that they knew I was gay, I think) and a cunt, and one even tried to put my car into park to prevent me from driving off,” Bruno wrote.

It’s Christmas time, and as the movies would remind us: at Christmas, you tell the truth. I’m taking that to heart today and because I’m continuously striving for more authentic (sorry for the buzzword!) blogging, I figure it’s time to share some little-known facts. This month also marks seven years of Travels of Adam – that’s longer than just about anything I’ve done in my life, which when I think about, is pretty terrifying. So, here goes.

DJ Drew has done a worthy re-mix of George Michael's classic 1980's hit, Careless Whisper. RIP George Michael. You can listen to the track HERE.